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Knerd Dispatch

// an update from Knewton

In This Issue

A note from Jose: Knewton adaptive learning white paper

The New York Times: "Big data on campus"

Mashable: "Why your kids will be smarter than you"

The Chronicle: "A conversation with 2 developers of personalized-learning software"

A note from Jose: Knewton adaptive learning white paper

When I started Knewton in 2008, there were hardly any venture capital investors interested in edtech companies. Explaining what we did wasn’t easy back then. I couldn’t find anyone else even using the term “adaptive learning,” and it took a lot of effort to explain what Knewton meant by it.


Now it seems “adaptive learning” has become education’s hottest buzzword. It’s gratifying to see the industry embrace personalized learning. But along with the increased popularity of these ideas has come increased ambiguity — today it’s not uncommon to hear someone offer or claim to offer “adaptive learning,” but no one is defining it the same way.


Part of the problem is the range of adaptive systems out there. It’s fairly easy to rig up a system that is a little bit adaptive — that picks what practice questions a student sees based on her performance on previous questions. It’s much harder to do the kind of deep data mining that Knewton does, in order to provide concept-level adaptivity not just on practice questions but on any and all learning material.


Our new white paper clarifies what Knewton means by adaptive learning, and the theories that drive our work. Take a look, and as always, drop us a line if you have questions!


-Jose Ferreira, Knewton Founder & CEO

The New York Times: "Big data on campus"

Read how instructors at ASU are using Knewton and other data-driven educational tools to personalize learning, in this article from The New York Times. 

Mashable: "Why your kids will be smarter than you"

This Q&A with Jose explains how Knewton can enable smarter learning — and help solve the access problem that's been plaguing our education system for far too long.

The Chronicle: "A conversation with 2 developers of personalized-learning software"

How is educational data different from search data collected by Google or social media data collected by Facebook? Jose and David Kuntz, our VP of Research, answer this question and others in a conversation with The Chronicle of Higher Education's Marc Parry.

Building the world's most powerful recommendation engine for education

Our first white paper is live! Check it out here.

We're hiring!

We're looking for software engineers, data scientists, adaptive instruction analysts, and others to join our team. See all open jobs or enter cheat mode.

Knewton Career Portal - v1

Pick of the month

Another month, another awesome edtech company. July's selection: 



What they do: 

Science lab simulations for online and blended learning 


Why we like them: 

They enhance STEM education without breaking the bank. Kids learn through experimentation in a virtual space — on-screen explosions included. 

On our radar: recent edtech buzz

"The trouble with online education" (NY Times) 


"What will the ed tech revolution look like?" (Co.Exist)


"Lessons learned from MITx's prototype course" (MIT)


"Universities reshaping education on the web" (NY Times)

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